How do you get students to internalize learning vocabulary words? This was a discussion I had with a colleague. Sometimes the simplest activity with a “techno twist” can be the one which engages students with active learning. My colleague came up with the idea of having students create a crossword puzzle and sharing this with their friends as a vocabulary study tool. This idea inspired the use of a Google Drawing in conjunction with the Discover Education Criss Cross Puzzlemaker.
Using a crossword generator makes this project easier for the students to learn how to design a crossword puzzle. The students simply input the vocabulary words and the definitions into the crossword generator. Once the crossword puzzle is created a screenshot of the puzzle is captured and inserted into a Google Drawing. This provides the skeleton for creating an interactive crossword classmates can try solving. The crossword project supports critical thinking skills, using creativity, and basic technology skills.
Steps for Creating the Crossword Puzzle
- Click for Discover Education Criss Cross Puzzlemaker
- Enter a Title for the Crossword puzzle
- Enter the Words and Definitions
- Click Create Puzzle
Insert Crossword into Google Drawings
- Open Google Drawings
- Click Insert Image
- Choose image to Upload
- Click Select
- Crop & resize image
- Insert Table